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Dumb Witness  (Hercule Poirot novel) .  Agatha Christie .  UB5068

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Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot novel)

 Agatha Christie

First published : 1937

 

Used book , but looks almost new , no damage.

Pages: 320

Paper back edition

Delivery : 7 to 14 working days (Delivery inside India only)

 

Hercule Poirot is a fictional Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie. Poirot is one of Christie’s most famous and long-running characters, appearing in 33 novels, and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.

 

Dumb Witness

Emily Arundell, a wealthy spinster, writes to Hercule Poirot in the belief she has been the victim of attempted murder after a fall in her home in Berkshire. However, her family and household believe she actually fell by accident, after tripping over a ball left by her fox terrier Bob. When Poirot receives the letter, he learns she has already died; her doctor, Dr. Grainger, states her death was from chronic liver problems. While recovering from her earlier fall, a new will she made bequeaths her vast fortune and home to her companion, Miss Minnie Lawson. Seeking to investigate Emily’s belief someone wanted to murder her, Poirot, accompanied by his friend Arthur Hastings, notes that under her previous will, her nephew Charles Arundell would have inherited, along with her nieces Theresa Arundell and Bella Tanios. All three wish to contest the will but do not pursue this course of action.

 

Visiting the house on the pretence of buying it, Poirot discovers a nail covered with varnish at the top of the stairs, deducing a string had been tied to it. Through Emily’s last words, he concludes that Bob had been out all night and that she had therefore fallen down the stairs as a result of a tripwire, and that there is a chance Emily was indeed murdered. Her family thus become suspects in that matter. In his investigations, Poirot learns that a luminous aura was noticed coming from her mouth when she spoke during a seance held in Emily’s home. Visiting Lawson at her home, he learns that she saw someone moving about on the night of Emily’s fall, who wore a brooch with the initials “TA.” At the same time, Lawson’s gardener recalls Charles inquiring about his arsenic-based weed killer and is surprised to find the bottle containing it to be nearly empty. Bella later leaves her husband Jacob, on the implication he bullies her, taking the children with her. After Lawson helps hide them in a hotel, Poirot moves her to another on fear of a second murder; before he does, he gives her a summary of Emily’s death. The next day, Bella is found dead from an overdose of sleeping medication.

 

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